Ageism during COVID
Most recently, ageism has surfaced in discussions concerning who within society should be able to take advantage of the limited COVID treatment resources. According to the Gerontological Society of America, which looks at ageism and the COVID-19 pandemic, it shows that ageism can lead to undervaluing the lives of older people and neglecting the range of long-term services and supports that shape their lives.
Many older adults are facing technical challenges throughout the pandemic and have limited resources and trouble accessing the internet, participating in video visits, or booking their vaccine appointments. While services are adapting to meet these needs, change came only after there was greater awareness that older adults were being overlooked, that there were insufficient resources, and that they lacked access to technology.
In addition, scammers have been using the pandemic to target older adults with different cons swindling them out of their hard-earned money. This trend is exploiting the fears and uncertainty that has been triggered by the pandemic and taking advantage of the high-risk seniors who are quarantining and socially distancing from friends and family.
These scammers target isolated adults with fake messages about family members in trouble, robocalls pitching coronavirus treatments, vaccine and testing kits, and fake charities. The AARP reported that more than 3 in 5 Americans (61 percent) are concerned that they or a relative can fall victim to a scam and noted more than 250,000 complaints related to COVID-19, stimulus payments, fraud, and identity theft.
By being aware of the challenges older adults face, we can help them survive and thrive during this crisis.
Eligible New Yorkers can get the COVID-19 vaccine at sites located throughout the city. Visit the Vaccine Command Center for latest updates and information: Vaccine Command Center - Coronavirus (nyc.gov)
Learn more about the vaccine and get answers to your questions, by reading: COVID-19 Vaccines - What Older New Yorkers Need to Know
get the services you need to remain safely in your home during the COVID-19 crisis
During this difficult time, the City of New York wants to make sure you have access to free services and support. A list of available resources is below.
In addition, the City Department of Health has available resources listed by neighborhood. Click here for a list of COVID-19 Resources by Neighborhood.
mental health & support
Mental health support: During the COVID-19, outbreak, it’s common to feel stressed, overwhelmed, sad, anxious or afraid.
For help coping, visit the NYC Well website
If your symptoms of stress or anxiety become overwhelming, you can speak with a counselor 24/7 by calling 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355) or texting “WELL” to 65173